Starland Ballroom has had a hell of a run since re-opening a couple weeks back. They are showing NJ that Hurricane Sandy can't hold them down. On Saturday night, NJ's own Saves The Day made their return to make it a show to remember. As if that wasn't enough, they also brought along Geoff Rickly, Into it. Over it. and Hostage Calm.
Hostage Calm hail from Connecticut and their brand of pop punk was perfect to get the energy up and the crowd moving.
Next up we had Into It. Over It. Led by Evan Weiss, Starland was treated to a full band show. The other times I had seen IIOI, it was just Weiss solo, which was great. The energy of the rest of the band was something else though. They sounded fantastic and kept everyone singing along.
Geoff Rickly was next, and I wasn't the only person pumped about this. Every other band went out of their way to mention Rickly, and what he has done for music. Especially in NJ. Since Thursday's hiatus, Rickly has been touring all over the place playing acoustic. Currently he is on tour with Yellowcard, but he had to come to NJ on his day off to play this show.
He played a few songs on his own, including the cover of Brand New's "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot". For the last 3 songs though, he brought out a fantastic band from Long Island, Gabriel the Marine. The played one of their songs, then a fantastic cover of "Love Song" from the Cure. After that they did something everyone wanted, they played an absolutely incredible version of Thursday's "Understanding In A Car Crash". Closest thing any of us will get to seeing Thursday play for a while yet.
After Rickly left the crowd wanting more, it was time for Saves The Day to take the stage and keep the energy going. That did that, and more. STD are from NJ, and Starland just re-opened, I think everyone knew it would be a special night. Word is that they have been playing some of the best shows of their career, and they continued that streak in NJ. They played a 35 song set that covered every song that you hoped to hear.
Beyond the crowd surfing and the dancing and the singing every word along with the band, STD seemed to really be having a great time on stage. Personally I appreciate when I can tell the band is having fun.
Saturday was a great night. A night filled with great music and friends. One of those times that I feel fortunate to get to do what I do.
I have a few BTS pictures. You can see those here: